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Following The Freemakers: The Pit And The Pinnacle

OK so I hope I can do the post on this episode justice because OMG this episode is so deep and so beautiful I just can’t get over it! Join me in feeling some serious feels as I analyze some major elements of The Pit And The Pinnacle.

Contains spoilers from Freemakers episodes The Maker Of Zoh, Return Of The Kyber Saber, The Lost Crystals Of Qalydon, and The Pit And The Pinnacle

You’d think things would be easier since Rowan rediscovered his crystal-sensing power, but even Jedi-in-training can’t work under pressure. Or awkward silence. Did get me wondering if the StarScavenger has personal quarters on board at all, ’cause I know that a little space can do wonders when you need to think, and that probably applies to meditating on the Force, too. But then again, I suppose the whole point is that Rowan would find their next destination as soon as possible. Once a certain death machine gets involved though… Ro has no choice but to work under pressure. Yikes M-OC was terrifying. It’s amazing how stating nothing but cold, hard facts can often strike harder than even the most craftily-constructed insults. Watching the droid working his way into Rowan’s head like that… *shudders* I applaud our young hero heartily for ultimately being able to work through all that. M-OC don’t play. I really don’t know how it is he hasn’t shown up in my nightmares yet, but good thing…

So any time this episode wasn’t making me hold my breath, it was making me weep. That’s a fact. Seeing Rowan so down, so hurt, so… hopeless. It breaks my heart you guys. This precious child has burdens on his shoulders no twelve-year-old should bear. He has grown so much over the last season-and-a-half, mostly in good ways, but this is one of those times it’s not so good. His spirit has been crushed by the seemingly futile nature of the war, and it’s virtually impossible not to feel his pain. There are truly few things sadder than watching one’s childlike innocence slowly disappear… and it’s even harder when it’s with a character so genuine, trusting, and caring…
Thank goodness this wasn’t where it ends.

I cannot tell you how much I loved getting an episode mainly focused on Rowan and Kordi. Like seriously. I’ve always been moved to mush by their sweet brother-sister bond, which so far we’ve only gotten in smaller moments, and now we get to further explore that relationship for a longer period of time and in perhaps a deeper way than we’ve gotten to see before. Whenever Ro’s at his lowest, Kordi does everything she can to lift him back up. Even when she’s uncertain about the situation, she’s patient with him and constantly encouraging. And when she lifts Rowan up, he’s able to encourage her in turn. It’s perfect. She makes me want to strive to be a better sister myself! Wow the feels! I’d definitely be up for more one-on-one adventures like this in the future 🙂
And of course I thoroughly enjoyed the time spent with Zander and Roger. A story following those two could only equal some epic misadventures. And some really bad mynock puns XD Seriously they need to do like Hera and find some way to reroute the power to the hull and make an instant “bug zapper” of sorts. Something to work on once they get back to Home One.

Soon as the sibs walked into that cave I immediately thought “OMG this is a Jedi temple and that means this episode will be gutpunch me with emotions” and while that last part is still pretty true, the Jedi-built challenge offered a totally different experience and made for some really exciting, unique storytelling here. Again, I’m in love with this perfect blend of the Star Wars mythos and Lego’s creativity-driven mindset, which you can see clearly in every step of Kantoo’s challenge. Oh yeah it was really cool seeing Master Kantoo for the first time since the pilot (yes I’m aware now I was misspelling his name before sorry). There’s so much I would really like to know about him and what all went in inventing the lightsaber… and how he regained the confidence to do so after what happened with his dangerous first version. Not to throw too many random theories into this post, but wouldn’t it be interesting if the Freemakers were descendants of Kantoo? Just spitballing but… maybe that’s why Rowan remarked on the cave feeling “familiar”? Yeah it’s a dumb thought but you gotta admit it would be kind of cool. Anyway, on to more important things.

The emotional climax of this was just outstanding. The writers and Nicolas Cantu and Vanessa Lengies all deserve multiple Oscars even though television shows don’t get Oscars, but the Emmys just don’t seem good enough. Though I’ve never faced a decision as monumental and planet-shaking as Rowan’s, I understand his fear, his uncertainty, and the suffocating, deceptive feeling of powerlessness in the face of evil. I could almost physically feel his pain, his struggle. But Kordi doesn’t let her little brother remain in this darkness.
The galaxy needs us to be brave, because when we give into fear…
…the dark side wins.
WOW.
THAT. WAS. PERFECT.
Do you remember the last thing JEK said to you?
…he said, ‘be a builder’!
BRB CRYING.
Literally. I had my head buried in my hands sobbing when Rowan started piecing together the crystals. I was a wreck. Still am. Everything about this scene is perfection.
You ask me why I love Lego Star Wars so much? There’s your answer.
Or at least one of several thousand answers.
They’re never just little plastic people.

So OK that might’ve gotten a tad cheesy there but I’m just being completely honest. Every time I think I’ve seen my new favorite episode, another one comes along and becomes my new-new favorite! This show is just so special you guys :3 We shall talk more about it around this time next week!

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

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Following The Freemakers: The Embersteel Blade

So once again, I’m so excited to begin writing some Star Wars-ness up here that I end up with absolutely no idea how to begin. Sometimes just diving in does the trick, so that’s what we’re gonna do today as we dig into the ingenious Freemaker escapade called The Embersteel Blade. Oh shoot now I’m rhyming how’d that happen??

Contains spoilers from Freemakers episodes The Lost Treasure Of Cloud City, Showdown On Hoth, and The Embersteel Blade

Darth Vader has complete faith in his work-in-progress Death Star II, but definitely a lack of it in his graycoats’ ability to find kyber crystals. I gotta say I am so so glad right now that the Imps evidently have forgotten Rowan’s connection to kyber. Well… of course, I have wondered if maybe it was more of a connection to the Kyber Saber itself more so than the crystals, but honestly that doesn’t make nearly as much sense to me. But oh right I just remembered: Sidious wants Rowan alive in hopes of finding the Kyber Saber, so if he doesn’t get his superweapon, he might very well use the boy’s crystal-sensing abilities to his advantage for the Death Star. Uh yeah we should all be very concerned. I can’t believe I only made this connection now! On a somewhat lighter note though, that one particular Imp screaming his head off had me laughing louder than I should’ve XD

The Freemakers have located what they need for the first piece of the Arrowhead. Yay! Problem is, the embersteel they’re wanting is part of a very very pricey shuttle that’s being sold at an Imperial auction. Little bit less of a “yay”. That’s why I’ve got nothing but solid #respect for Kordi’s supreme businesswoman superpowers, because you and I both know it’s only that and the fact she’s got a solid plan to back it up that they put those creds in the Freemakers’ hands. Also guys, I am so so glad Ackbar didn’t spit-take in Mon Mothma’s direction. That is all. I mean… not sure there’d be enough OxiClean in the galaxy to fix that perfectly regal ensemble of hers if that happened, and that would be among the greatest Star Wars tragedies to date. Sorry for General Madine though. Poor dude’s a kaffe magnet!

So yes we have to talk about the dress! But not just because I’m majorly into costuming, sewing, elegant shades of purple, and glittery embroidery, but because it brings up a good question: where did Kordi actually get the gown in the first place? At first, I figured she went out of her way to find exactly what the real Princess Kortessi was wearing and bought a designer knock-off of it. But then I remembered there’s no proof they knew the Princess was attending the auction in the first place. So then I thought maybe it was a spare dress of Leia’s, which is a reasonable theory, BUT! That would not explain the matching guard uniforms Kordi already had before they left to Mygeeto… guard uniforms that must’ve been tailor-made, as I imagine most uniforms aren’t sized for a twelve-year-old boy or made without sleeves. So at that point I assumed there must be a few people in the Alliance who specialize in stitching up stuff. But then, remember the adorable matching uniforms the sibs wore on Cloud City? And the snowsuits on Hoth? I’d bet anything Kordi is secretly a seamstress, and that she hand-made the guard uniforms and dress herself. I don’t know when she found time to (there must have been a timelapse between the end of her meeting and the StarScavenger‘s departure), but that’s the most logical answer I’ve got. She can make fast ships and fabulous dresses! I wanna be Kordi Freemaker when I grow up! 😀 (Well, I’ve at least got the tripping-over-long-skirts thing down. 110% relatable) The plan itself is pretty fabulous, too; going in disguise as a changeling is straight-up genius! It’s neat getting to learn a tiny tiny bit about their species’ culture in the process, too. Kordi’s acting was completely on-point, after all, playing a takes-crud-from-no-one bosslady with fine tastes is basically like playing herself, just with a slight accent 🙂 Yes, this stellar plan was smoother than the surface of a Naboo starfighter!

It’s the things that weren’t part of the plan that aren’t so fabulous. I just knew there was no way whatsoever you could give Zander 75,000 credits, put him in front of a stunning lineup of starships, and expect him not to blow it. I just knew. All I could do was sit back and watch how they’d ride this one out. You know though, you’ve gotta give these kids some serious credit. They’re actually going to all this trouble to legitimately buy what they need. In Rebels, our heroes rarely hesitated from stealing what they needed from the Imps. I’m certainly not saying the Ghost crew was wrong in that; they did only what was necessary for their cause to grow and succeed and ultimately bring down this terrible Empire that was stealing from innocent people already. It just impresses me the kids found their own way. The Freemakers aren’t the Ghost fam, I think as a whole they take the peaceful route before anything else; remember how many times they didn’t blast their foes when most Rebels would have been in their right to do so? That’s really pretty amazing guys.
Oh yeah, my favorite line in this episode might be “IT’S LIKE SOMEONE REACHED INSIDE MY HEAD AND SCOOPED OUT ALL MY DREAMS!!” I have entirely felt that way before, Zan, especially around fresh-baked desserts, Christmas decor, and Star Wars merch :3

And who could’ve bargained we’d find Graballa the Hutt at a fancy place like this? Not that I’m not always happy for the brilliant comedic timing Dana Snyder’s delightfully outrageous character brings to the table, but throwing him into the equation certainly complicates things for our young heroes. Well, doesn’t matter how noble you are I guess… you do not say “no” to a Hutt. They’re kind of a big deal and dangerous to mess with. And that’s saying something, because Graballa’s still considerably more decent than most of the Hutts we’ve seen! The guy just wants to live his resort-owning dream! That’s a pretty normal decent desire! Except perhaps for the fact he’s willing to steal and kill to get what he wants in many cases. That might be why it’s taking so long for him to get there. Also I do question where he was planning this resort in the first place. I mean, he runs an illegal mining operation in the middle of nowhere. I hope he wasn’t settling for that kind of location (unless maybe it was all virtual a la Hologram Fun World). I’d think maybe Scarif would be a nice locale, but wherever this is, it’s got blue sand, so… IDK. It’s certainly an intriguing prospect, whatever the case. And if it were a legitimate business, it might be ultimately a good thing! Maybe. It’s a big “maybe”, though.

So yeah anyone else’s ears still ringing from Kordi’s brief meltdown? I had my volume up so I could easily hear all the quieter bits of dialogue… and shortly thereafter came to regret that. I’d always heard of the term “hair-raising”, but hadn’t ever felt anything like that until now. Vanessa Lengies deserves a round of applause… and quite possibly some hot tea ’cause that scream sounds like it hurt. But I don’t blame Kordi for one minute because siblings can do that to ya, I know. Oh, and the fact the stormtroopers completely ignored it had me laughing ’til I cried XD
Also it’s nice knowing that Roger has dreams of his own, too. A Separatist battle droid, leader of the Rebel Alliance! What a comeback story! I admire your gumption buddy, but I’ve seen you under pressure. You’re better off sticking to your repair work and writing that bestseller.

When you think of heroic moments in Star Wars, most of us think of lightsabers clashing and blasters blasting, not necessarily business smarts. But financial know-how is to Kordi the way the Force is to Mace Windu — a deadly serious, fierce, powerful weapon. If you follow the blog’s tumblr you might have seen I came out Kordi on a Freemakers personality quiz, and to this day I’m not sure how I didn’t get one of her bros instead. I understand how good business works, but a lot of that really complicated managerial/financial stuff goes right on over my head. I shall forever strive to achieve her masterful levels of savviness. I mean, guys, using good business tips to get out of a dangerous situation? That’s just too good. Oh and just a small thing but it was nice seeing Naare again. Kordi’s quiet “ew” cracked me up; she acts like she’s looking at an ugly vase and not someone who tried to kill them on multiple occasions and it’s the best ironic thing XD

Oh yeah! It only just occurred to me now that, while Zander owns the stars in his Jedi starfighter, Rowan’s manning the StarScavenger… and doing really awesomely at it! Not at all like the rough take-offs and landings an episode ago! NOOO STAHP GROWING UP PRECIOUS CHILD!!
Oh, and “Are they shooting people at us now??” 😂 No Ro that’s just what a #KordiWin looks like!

For all the craziness Kordi’s once-flawless plan spiraled into, it made watching the Arrowhead‘s embersteel blade being installed all the sweeter. But as DARTH VADER decides to make a deal with Graballa… well, the craziness is far from over. The concept really is too perfect though! I really wasn’t sure how much more the Hutt would get involved this season, but this works just downright perfectly, drips with a unique kind of intrigue, and ascertains we’ll have much more of the slimy slug’s shenanigans to come. You’d think maybe Graballa’s previous experience with darksiders might have made him consider the offer though… but then again, while saying “no” to a Hutt is dangerous, saying “no” to Lord Vader is instant death…

Yep, can’t wait for the next episode. Seriously. Things are getting so good and they were already so good to start with!

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

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